Glass Pumpkin Festival in Ohio to feature 2,000 decorative gourds

The 2021 Pumpkin-of-the-Year

When the Circleville Pumpkin Show was canceled last year, Jack Pine decided to create his own pumpkin show.

The glass artist installed a Glass Pumpkin Show in the fields around his Laurelville, Ohio, studio, and drew 5,000 guests, selling out all of the pumpkins he had crafted for the event.

The Glass Pumpkin Show is back for a second round Sept. 24 to 26.

“Last year we did it later in the year, to replace the Circleville Pumpkin Show,” said Pine, 56, speaking by phone from his Laurelville studio.

Jack Pine working in his studio.

This year, he will be back exhibiting and selling at the Circleville show, and he didn't want to compete with that.

“And we thought that it would be good to do it earlier, because people would then have their decorations for the fall,” he said.

'Pumpkin-of-the-year' among glass gourds at Ohio event

More than 2,000 hand-blown glass pumpkins will be for sale in the “pumpkin patch” on the studio's multi-acre site.

Among them will be the popular “pumpkin-of-the-year.”

The Glass Pumpkin Festival will take place Sept. 24-26 in Laurelville.

“We've done a 'pumpkin-of-the-year' every year for the past 20 years, and it's really taken off the last 10 years or so. They have become a major collector item. We sell about 2,000 of them every season,” Pine said.

“Last year, it was a black pumpkin with a very black stem and a silver lining, to represent the very dark year that we had. This year, I decided to reverse it, so I did a white pumpkin with rainbow colors at the bottom of it.”

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